Hermaphrodite meaning

hər-măfrə-dīt
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Any of various animals, as the earthworm, possessing both male and female sexual organs.
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An individual possessing secondary sex characteristics and gonadal tissue of both the male and female of its species.
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A plant having stamens and pistils in the same flower.
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The definition of a hermaphrodite is a person or animal that has both male and female sexual organs or characteristics.

A plant with both stamens and pistils is an example of a hermaphrodite.

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Something that is a combination of disparate or contradictory elements.
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An animal or plant exhibiting hermaphroditism.
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An organism, such as an earthworm or flowering plant, having both male and female reproductive organs in a single individual.
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An individual or organism possessing gender-ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonads. [from late 14th c.]

An earthworm is a hermaphrodite.

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A person or thing possessing two opposing qualities.
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(nautical) A hermaphrodite brig.
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Having gender-ambiguous sexual organs, typically including both types of gonads, in one individual or organism.
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Combining two opposing qualities.
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An animal or plant exhibiting hermaphroditism.
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Origin of hermaphrodite

  • Middle English hermofrodite from Medieval Latin hermofrodītus from Latin Hermaphrodītus Hermaphroditus, hermaphrodite Hermaphroditus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hermaphroditos, the mythical son of Hermes and Aphrodite, possessing both male and female qualities.

    From Wiktionary